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Virizion (Analysis)

Discussion in 'Uploaded Analyses' started by muffinhead, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. muffinhead

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    [Overview]

    <p>Virizion is a huge asset to any team. Its amazing typing gives Virizion a resistance to almost every spread attack, allowing endless team options. High defenses and Speed, along with a large support and decent offensive movepool make this regal deer a top tier Pokemon in VGC.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Attacker
    move 1: Close Combat
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Light Screen
    move 4: Protect / Safeguard
    item: Lum Berry / Fight Gem
    nature: Jolly
    ability: Justified
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to support Virizion's teammates while maintaining offensive momentum with Close Combat and Leaf Blade. These two moves are the strongest of Virizion's STAB options, and the Fight Gem powers up Close Combat to compensate for Virizion's middling base 90 Attack. Close Combat and Leaf Blade do not have the best coverage, but they hit certain threats hard enough. For example, Jellicent's Water Spout does next to nothing after it takes a hit from Leaf Blade. Light Screen helps out against the numerous special attackers in VGC, and increases Virizion's ability to handle Discharge, Surf, and Water Spout. Safeguard stops Amoonguss cold, a great asset when considering Amoonguss's resistances to Virizion's STAB attacks.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stone Edge can replace either attacking move, but has imperfect accuracy and only hits one target. It does get better coverage, though. Fight Gem works well against Scrafty, Conkeldurr, Hydreigon, and other bulky Pokemon. Without the boost from the Fight Gem, these Pokemon might not be KOed. However, Lum Berry should be held if Virizion does not have Safeguard. Another option here is Fast Guard, which can stop Sucker Punch, Fake Out, and Mach Punch. Its a valuable move, considering that many of Virizion's ideal partners are hit for super effective damage by these priority moves. Helping Hand is another viable move, since Virizion can survive long enough to boost a teammate's move a few times.</p>

    <p>Hydreigon is an excellent choice for a partner, as it resists Heat Wave and threatens most of Virizion's checks. Jellicent also does this job, but more on the defensive side. Any Pokemon that can finish off or weaken bulkier Pokemon also works well. Frail Pokemon can make good use of Light Screen in order to survive an extra turn.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Grass Knot
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Hidden Power Rock
    move 4: Protect
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    nature: Timid / Modest
    ability: Justified
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Virizion's special attacking set is similar to its physical set, except that with Hidden Power Rock, the deer achieves perfect neutral coverage. The given three moves hit many common Pokemon for super effective damage. Focus Blast, while risky, nets OHKOes against Pokemon with low Special Defense. Grass Knot hits Jellicent hard, and generally anything that resists Focus Blast. Chandelure, Thundurus, Tornadus, and many other threats that resist Virizion's STAB attacks are hit hard by Hidden Power Rock. Life Orb or a Modest nature make Virizion's base 90 Special Attack workable.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Focus Blast's accuracy is an issue. On the other hand, special attacking Virizion is not susceptible to Intimidate. Bulkier Jellicent and Chandelure may not be OHKOed all of the time, especially when using a Timid nature without a Life Orb. Hidden Power Ice may be used over Hidden Power Rock. Using Hidden Power Ice, Virizion would be able to have a 31 IV in Speed. Hidden Power Ice also hits many of the same targets as Hidden Power Rock does. It damages Landorus harder, but note that Virizion will now be walled by Chandelure.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>In terms of items, Coba Berry could work to weaken Acrobatics' or Air Slash's power. A bulkier spread of 252 HP / 76 Def / 180 Spe (72 Def / 184 Spe if using Hidden Power Rock) with a Careful or Calm nature increases Virizion's lifespan while outspeeding Modest Hydreigon. Dual Screens could work quite well with this more defensively oriented set. Sacred Sword has less Base Power, but it hits through the Defense boosts of (albeit rare) Bulk Up Pokemon. This is a much better option for a defensive set, as it does not lower Virizion's defenses, a severe drawback to using Close Combat.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Archeops OHKOes Virizion with Acrobatics. Chandelure and Flying-types wall the physical support set and threaten with a super effective move. Reuniclus easily handles Virizion's attacks and has Psychic to bring Virizion down. Trick Room also turns Virizion's amazing Speed into a liability.</p>
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    I'd mention helping hand purely because it gets it and the last move slot is generally up in the air with Birijion.
    Looks good though, just needs a full write up now.

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    Yeah Birijion has tested very well for me.

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    [Overview]

    <p>Virizion is a huge asset to any team. Its amazing typing gives Virizion a resistance to almost every multi-target move spread attack, allowing endless team options. High defenses and Speed, along with a large supportive and decent offensive movepool make this regal deer a top tier Pokemon in VGC.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Physical Attacker
    move 1: Close Combat
    move 2: Leaf Blade
    move 3: Light Screen
    move 4: Protect / Safeguard
    item: Lum Berry / Fight Gem
    nature: Jolly
    ability: Justified
    evs: 4 HP / 252 Atk / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>This set aims to support Virizion's teammates while maintaining offensive momentum with Close Combat and Leaf Blade. These two moves are the strongest of Virizion's STAB options, and the Fight Gem powers up Close Combat to compensate for Virizion's middling base 90 Attack. Close Combat and Leaf Blade do not have the best coverage, but they hit certain threats hard enough. For example, Jellicent's Water Spout does next to nothing after Jellicent it takes a hit from Leaf Blade. Light Screen helps out against the many numerous special attackers in VGC, and increases Virizion's ability to handle Discharge, Surf, and Water Spout. Safeguard stops Amoonguss cold, a great asset when considering Amoonguss's resistances to Virizion's STAB attacks.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Stone Edge can replace either attacking move, but has horrible imperfect accuracy and only hits one target. It does get better coverage, though. Fight Gem works well against Scrafty, Conkeldurr, Hydreigon, and other bulky Pokemon. Without the boost from the Fight Gem, these Pokemon might not otherwise be KOed without the Gem. However, Lum Berry should be held if Virizion does not have Safeguard. Another option here is Fast Guard, which can stop Sucker Punch, Fake Out, and Mach Punch. Its a valuable move, considering that many of Virizion's ideal partners are hit for super effective damage by these priority moves. Helping Hand is another viable move, since Virizion can survive long enough to boost a teammate's move a few times.</p>

    <p>Hydreigon is an excellent choice for a partner, as it resists Heat Wave and threatens most of Virizion's checks. Jellicent also does this job, but more on the defensive spectrum side. Any Pokemon that can finish off or weaken bulkier Pokemon also works well. Frail Pokemon can make good use of Light Screen in order to survive an extra turn. The greatly feared Beat Up Whimsicott can raise Virizion's Attack four stages in one turn. However, Terrakion can make better use of it, as it has the better STAB coverage and a much higher Attack stat to make better use of it.</p>

    [SET]
    name: Special Attacker
    move 1: Grass Knot
    move 2: Focus Blast
    move 3: Hidden Power Rock
    move 4: Protect
    item: Life Orb / Lum Berry
    nature: Timid / Modest
    ability: Justified
    evs: 4 HP / 252 SpA / 252 Spe

    [SET COMMENTS]

    <p>Virizion's special attacking set is similar to its physical set, except that with Hidden Power Rock, the deer achieves perfect neutral coverage in the metagame. These given three moves hit many common Pokemon for super effective damage. Focus Blast, while risky, nets OHKOs against Pokemon with lower Special Defense than Defense. Grass Knot murders hits Jellicent hard, and generally anything that resists Focus Blast. Chandelure, Thundurus, Tornadus, and many other threats that resist Virizion's STAB attacks are hit hard by Hidden Power Rock. Life Orb or a Modest nature are here to make Virizion's base 90 Special Attack workable.</p>

    [ADDITIONAL COMMENTS]

    <p>Focus Blast's accuracy is an issue. On the other hand, special attacking Virizion is not susceptible to Intimidate. Bulkier Jellicent and Chandelure may not be OHKOed all of the time, especially when using a Timid nature without a Life Orb. Hidden Power Ice may be used over Hidden Power Rock. Using Hidden Power Ice, Virizion would be able to have a 31 IV in Speed. Hidden Power Ice also hits many of the same targets as Hidden Power Rock does. It damages Landorus harder, but note that Virizion would be will now be walled by Chandelure.</p>

    [Other Options]

    <p>In terms of items, Coba Berry could work to weaken Acrobatics' or Air Slash's power. A bulkier spread of 252 HP / 76 Def / 180 Spe (72 Def / 184 Spe with if using Hidden Power Rock) with a Careful or Calm nature increases Virizion's lifespan while outspeeding Modest Hydreigon. Dual Screens could work quite well with this more defensively oriented set. Holy Sacred Sword has less Base Power, but it hits through the (albeit rare) Defense boosts of (albeit rare) Bulk Up Pokemon. This is a much better option for a defensive set, as it does not lower Virizion's defenses, a severe drawback to using Close Combat.</p>

    [Checks and Counters]

    <p>Archeops OHKOes non Coba Berry sets with Acrobat. Chandelure and Flying-types wall the physical support set and threaten with a super effective move. Reuniclus easily handles Virizion's attacks and has Psychic to bring Virizion down. Trick Room also turns Virizion's amazing Speed into a liability.</p>


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  6. muffinhead

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    finished changes, thank you :D!
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    It needs a calm mind set...
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    Virizion doesn't have the time to boost in such an offensive metagame.
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    I'd remove the mention of Beat Up Whimsicott, because the only reason Terrakion's good with it is because of STAB Rock Slide. Virizion can't do nearly as much with +4 Atk as Terrakion can.

    EDIT: Also, Archeops and Tornadus OHKO with Acrobatics even through Coba, and you indicate otherwise in Checks and Counters.
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    Maybe there shouldn't be a Calm Mind set, but it should at least be mentioned in Other Options.
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    virizion really doesn't have the time to boost in such a fast paced meta with tornadus everywhere.
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    I know, that's why I said it should be placed in Other Options.
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    other options is not the place for random rubbish sets that don't work, end of story
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    Grass Gem?

    Is there any benefit to using a grass gem?
    I didn't do any calculations, but I think it would always kill Jellicent and probably kill Terrakion without having to lower your defenses.

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